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Photo of Paph orchid Roots

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    Anybody got a photo of GOOD Paph roots??????? I'm not sure if mine are good or not. Look like brown worms. Also, some of my Phals have yellow roots, discovered when I repot. I don't think that can be good!!!i

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    Hi. Healthy paphiopedilum roots do look like brown worms (sort of). Here are some pics when I repotted my paphs a couple of months ago:






    Healthy roots should be light brown and firm with a yellow/white growing tip, not dark brown and mushy. Hope that helps.

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    One of my paphs, paph wardii has brown roots, too. I hope it won't die.

    Speaking of paphs, I have stupid questions. I bought 9 of them 2 months ago and 6 of them were in bloom and now they're out of season, right? But I don't see new leaves growing on the top (node) of the plants. But they do have new growths on the bottom side. Now, do they (previously bloomed) eventually grow new leaves? And do they bloom again next year?

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    Thanx a whole lot. Now I know that mine are mostly dead!!!!! BUT I do know now what to look for. What do you pot them in?????

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    Mine came from the grower in a chunky mix of bark, charcoal and what looks like sponge rock. They seem to love it. Don't let them get too dry; I water mine (in 3" pots on a humidity tray) every 3-5 days, sometimes longer if I forget. Hope this helps!

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    I'm new to paphs too, Susan. From what I understand, each year a new "fan" grows from the base of the plant-- having 3-7 leaves, or thereabout. The new fan will spike and bloom in it's time. The old fans don't bloom again. This is what I was told to expect out of my newbies.... But I think some paphs can have multiple flowerings a year, and some can have more than one spike at a time.

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    Some will have multiple flowers, most just the one. The hybrids I have are supposed to bloom every 6 months or so. And you are correct about the new growth Abrielle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fxxy View Post
    Thanx a whole lot. Now I know that mine are mostly dead!!!!! BUT I do know now what to look for. What do you pot them in?????
    I use a lot of coarse material (crocks, charcoal, stones) as I live in a tropical country and those that I have shown are the more lithophytic/ epiphytic species (stonei, lowii, liemianum and their hybrids). For the mottled-leafed types I use a finer mix with a large proportion of organic matter and loam. I think you can get ready-prepared mix for paphs in orchid nurseries where you are.

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    This article here in our orchid article library might be of interest to you as well: http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...ds-photos.html

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